Cassandra Morgan has been a music educator in Connecticut and Massachusetts for 32 years. She retired from the Belmont Public School system in 2007 and currently resides in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
During her thirty years teaching music in public schools, Cassandra taught both instrumental and vocal music in Killingly, Connecticut and Bourne, New Bedford, and Belmont, Massachusetts. She has been awarded the Lowell Mason Award for Excellence in Music Education, the Distinguished Service Award from Massachusetts Music Educators Association for her 25 years of service to the state of Massachusetts, and was a semi-finalist for the 1997 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Cassandra has served on the American Choral Directors Association Board as a Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for both High School Repertoire and Jazz Choirs as well as the Massachusetts Instrumental and Vocal Association Board as co-chairman for Choral Festivals throughout the state.
Cassandra has been a guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor of District and State Festivals for Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Cassandra is the founder of the Tri-County Choral Festival and the initiator of the first All-State Jazz Choir sponsored by the ACDA.
She is presently the organist and choir director at The First Congregational Church of Marion, director of the G20 barbershop chapter of Fall River, and director of the elegant vocal group, Occasion Singers. She has recently been selected to serve as director for The Spirit of St. Anthony's Choir beginning with the December 2013 Christmas Concert.
Married to Donna A. (Dahlberg) Sargent, they have three children: Thomas Jr., Dana, & Caroline and eight grandchildren.
Thom, a U. S. Navy veteran, served on board the aircraft carrier USS Independence CVA-62. After his release from active duty he attended Boston University and earned a BMus Degree in Church Music. Thom earned the ChoirMaster degree from the American Guild of Organists and following further study a MMusEd at Lowell State Teachers College which is now U Mass Lowell. He taught music in the public schools in Littleton, New Bedford, Raynham, MA and retired from teaching as Music Director of Classical High School in Providence, RI.
Author of four music articles for Footsteps Magazine and was elected to 'Who's Who Among America's Teachers' 1998 Edition
As the Parish Music Director and Organist at St. Anthony of Padua Church, New Bedford, MA, Thom plays for 3-4 masses each weekend, directs two choirs and supervises seven cantors. In addition, he plays for weddings, funerals and a number of special feast day masses.
He has a great philosophy for church choirs: Choir members are worship leaders. They have the important responsibility to lead and support the congregation in singing hymns and canticles, and leading the congregational responses. It is important that they set a good example for the congregation to follow. The choir's influence is significant and important in supporting a good worship experience for congregation members.
As a primary member of the Music at St. Anthony's series committee, Thom was responsible for supplying an extensive list of singers for the opening CONCERT AND TEA in May 2004. The Spirit of St. Anthony choir, currently has a contact list of over 160 singers, and 50 to 60 regularly meet for the Christmas and May fundraising concerts.
Thom is currently a facilitator for study groups for "The Second Half" Institute for Lifelong Learning at UMass Dartmouth, and volunteers as a mentor in the SMILES program in New Bedford.
Former church positions include: First Congregational Church, Wareham, MA; Grace Episcopal Church, New Bedford, MA; St. Andrew's Church, Ayer, MA; Calvary Methodist Church, Arlington, MA; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Southboro, MA; Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA; Littleton Congregational Church, Littleton, MA; Congregational Church, Groton, MA.
Music at St. Anthony's Recital Coordinator (2005-)
Richard Hill is in his 32nd year as organist and music director at Unity Church in North Easton, MA where he also directs the hand bell choir, and the children's and sanctuary choirs. He also previously served as organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Taunton, the First Universalist Church in North Attleboro, First Unitarian in West Bridgewater and Porter Congregational Church in Brockton. As a recitalist, he has performed in several series including Trinity Church, St. Paul's and St. Thomas Aquinas in Boston, St. John's Bangor, St. John's Southwest Harbor, First Parish, Portland, and several churches in the northeastern states. He has also played at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg and at the National Cathedral. He has performed at national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, the American Guild of Organists, and the International Society of Organ Builders.
Past Dean and present Secretary of the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, American Guild of Organists, he has served as chair of the Organ Advisory Committee of the Boston Chapter, AGO for several years.
At Unity Church, he performs monthly recitals on fourth Wednesdays at 12:15 on its 1875 Hook and Hastings organ. These are free and open to the public.
He co-chaired the 2005 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society which was held in Southeastern Massachusetts and in which the St. Anthony's organ was featured after several years of being partially unplayable. This recital began the drive to completely restore this splendid instrument to its capabilities, a crusade which continues with this concert
Music Director for the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir (2004-2013)
David Touchette is the Music Director for the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir. His involvement began as a volunteer commitment to the first MUSIC AT ST ANTHONY'S fund-raising Concert and Tea in May 2004. That experience uplifted the group and inspired them to officially form the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir, an ecumenical 60 voice group from 30 different area churches. To date, under David Touchette's direction, over 170 singers and musicians in 14 different bi-annual concerts have rejoiced together in song.
David's community involvement began as a Choral Clinic Host in 1993, bringing nationally-known composers to New Bedford for an annual workshop for local singers, teachers, and choir directors. He has sung with, conducted or played trumpet with area groups such as the Interchurch Council Chorus, Dartmouth Community Band, and Church Women United.
A Dartmouth High School graduate, David received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Barrington College RI (now merged with Gordon College). David is a graduate of Rhode Island College, in Providence where he completed several graduate level courses toward a MAT in trumpet performance. For specialized private trumpet instruction, he studied under professional musicians John Coffey, George Hearst, Julio Tancredi and Leon Merian.
In his varied performance career, he toured with the Bedfords Show Band, and played trumpet with numerous concert and stage bands, including the American Band of Providence, The Eddie Phillips Big Band, the Leon Merian Big Band, and the Rochester Regional Symphonic Band. As a teacher in both New Bedford and Dartmouth for 35 years, he taught music, chorus and brass, creating and implementing a first-year elementary band curriculum as the Director of the elementary and middle school band programs. He has mentored many young musicians as a teacher with a philosophy that all children, regardless of physical or developmental challenges, can participate in, and benefit from, involvement in a band program.
David has taken that philosophy to his choir involvement where he began as Choir Director for the Congregational Church of Dartmouth Mass, serving for over 25 years. He since has been the Choir Director for the Pilgrim Church of Christ in downtown New Bedford. The First Congregational Church of Fairhaven Mass is where he currently fulfills his service as the Choir Director, and as the Choral Clinical Host for his annual workshop. David stepped down as the director of the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir after 10 years, in May 2013.
David J. Langevin
Spirit of St. Anthony Concert Organist (2004-2005)
David Langevin is the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir concert organist. In May 2004, when the MUSIC AT ST. ANTHONY'S program was launched to begin a fund to restore the 1912 Casavant Organ at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford, David was a key ingredient to the success of this remarkable program. As a lifelong parishioner, his musical background is rooted in sacred classical compositions and steeped in French-Canadian hymns. He was significantly influenced by Michel Labens, a Flemish born immigrant who was solicited from the Royal Institute of the Blind in Brussels to serve as St. Anthony's organist from 1953 until 1999. Listening to and learning music by ear, David's ability improvise on any theme raises his skill to artistry. A sample of his improvised music can be heard on this website on the MUSIC page.
David was born in New Bedford to a St. Anthony parish family, and went to the parish's elementary school, until he transferred to a specialty school for deaf pupils. He started playing piano at 3 yrs old after listening to his mother play and gave his first public recital at St Anthony's School at 5 yrs old. At 7 years old, he began professional studies in piano and music theory with Professor Jose da Costa.
At 10, David started concertizing professionally; appeared in many of Jose da Costa's Recitals at "Half Rest A Beira Mar" performed with the New Bedford and Fall River Symphonies, and was the featured soloists for many Festivals such as The French Festival, The Portuguese Festival, The Seafood Festival among others.
By 12 years old, David won a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York. For his piano instruction, he studied with Lily Dumont, Cecile Clement Grobe, Virginia Eskin at the New England Conservatory, and Dr. Henry Doskey at East Carolina University. He also studied with Naumberg Prize Winner, Jane Carlson at the Juilliard School.
He was a full scholarship student at East Carolina University, winning the Young Artists Competition and the Concerto Competition there. He performed as Piano Soloist with the East Carolina Symphony and the Gardner Webb Symphony. He has participated in Piano Master Classes with such artists as Lily Dumont, Seymour Bernstein and Menachem Pressler. In 1987, David was Piano Soloist during New Bedford's Bicentennial Year with the New Bedford Symphony at the Zeiterion.
In South Coast Massachusetts , David has been Music Director and Organist at St Anthony's, St Josephs Church, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sts. Peter and Paul in Fall River and Our Lady of Fatima in Swansea.